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the issue of raising the debt ceiling, the amount of money the nation is legally allowed to borrow. ♪ oh, yeah, when it comes to raising the debt ceiling ♪ ♪ the president is having a hard time getting enough ♪ ♪ seems the gop ain't rubbing him the right way ♪ ♪ especially with the country's $16.4 trillion in debt. ♪ ♪ we're still in debt, but it's all right ♪ ♪ the united states really couldn't get any broker ♪ ♪ got to liquidate its assets just like al roker ♪ >> sometimes you feel bad for brian. last week, many criticized the military's decision to allow women to fight in combat roles. jon stewart explains the logic. >> there are certain facts ability upper body streng. 6'4", 240 pound marine and you are injured and you need the marine next to you to carry you back to safety and she weighs 115 pounds. it's irrelevant. we can't have women in combat because they are tiny. they are too delicate. they are little. they are wee little hands. they can barely -- have you ever seen them eat, they pick up a dinner roll. tiny sharp teeth, wait a minute, i'm thinking of
itself locking horns with republicans over the issue of raising the debt ceiling. the amount of money the nation is legally allowed to borrow. >> oh, yeah. when it comes to raising the debt ceiling, the president is having a hard time getting it up. >> brian williams does such a good job slow jamming. that's going to wrap things up for me today. i'm going to see you tomorrow, 11:00 a.m. eastern. joining us richard bloomen thaul and debbie wasserman schultz and david ciciline and mayor greg stanton of phoenix. you should have seen the way it was spelled in my prompter. you should have seen it, alex. you can't. you know? they try to make things easier for me, and then i just mess it up. now with alex wagner coming up next. don't go anywhere. yes she is, yes she is. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. 100% vegetable juice, with three of your daily vegetable servings in every little bottle.
do we need to extend the debt ceiling? why do we need more money? >> greta, the president is running out of excuses. he can't blame the last administration because he is the last administration. president obama has spent more and created more debt than any president in history. yeast, we have the slowest recovery of any recovery in history. i spent last summer, going around my state, talking to small businesses, dozens of them. so it's very clear to me what's happening now. they were beginning to pull back because of the expected cost of obamacare, the dod-frank legislation, that was a federal takeover of our financial system is making it harder for businesses to get loans. you look at the expected tax increases, which businesses were trying to plan for, the uncertainty really goes back to the president's policies. it is not obstruction. i wish we had had more of it. the policies in place are hurting our economy. and even more than that, the uncertainty from the mounting debt on individual americans is -- is putting us in a position where it will be harder to dig out of it. >> if we
at the difference of those three dates the debt ceiling involves a great amount of money interested. i don't think that's conspiracy toreconspiracytoreal. would they have a say in those matters? i think so. >> i would agree that they're kicking it over to the senate. as we've seen in the last budget debates that we've had the senate is really the only body that can do anything or get anything done. that's where the compromise will happen. we'll see--the house will come up with their paul ryan budget on steroids that they're planning right now and the senate will have to find compromise or common ground that the white house can agree to as well, and then we'll be back where we were at the end of 2011. i think the republicans definitely do--are taking a moment to regroup so they can fight that battle, and it will be a similar battle to the ones we've seen before. >> cenk: grace wyler, michael shure, we appreciate it. mark my words, they will shut the government down. they will do whatever they need to do. they will be as obstinate as humanly possible. they will sacrifice everything, the republicans
. the debt ceiling increased the authority to borrow more money -- increase, the authority to borrow more money is all about future spending, which is part of the reason why some of us think this is a very sensible moment to try to bring some discipline to that future spending. and what would happen if we don't raise the debt ceiling right away? well, if we don't, we would have to have a 25% cut in all government spending, and that's -- that's pretty massive. that's pretty problematic. now, the administration and some actually go way overboard in the threats that they attach to this. they threaten to inflict the maximum possible economic damage if the debt ceiling isn't raised promptly upon the point at which they run out of their maneuvering room. so you hear threats about default on our debt and senior citizens won't get their social security check and our military folks won't get paid, all kinds of the most disruptive, most damaging and most dangerous kinds of outcomes are threatened by the administration. now, this is unnecessary, this isn't true, this isn't what would happen, but the
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it and it extends the debt ceiling through may 18th. it requires both the house and senate to approve the budgets or face the loss of their paychecks. >>> salvatore has made some new controversial comments about same sex marriage. in an interview, he said and i am quoting legislating for the rights of the same sex people to mare is like legal -- mary is -- marry is like legalizing male breast-feeding. they used the term gay marriage too much. >>> and former raider harris spoke out and it landed him in jail. dimitri said he is suing harris for 20 - $30,000 in medical bills. guyer reportedly needed surgery after he punched him several times out of side of a -- outside of a restaurant and he reportedly needs surgery. >>> now 26 survivors will head to the super bowl to sing america the beautiful. they will perform before alicia keys sinks the national anthem. >>> wine sales are up and so are final shares. this is up 2% from the year before. they now have all wine sales in the u.s. that gives them relatively stable prices and a wide variety to choose from. >>> nice, 18 minutes after 8:00 and if you a
it's not, it is always about "money". melissa: so forget the debt ceiling for a moment. we're just one month away from march 1st. that is the budget sequestration deadline. if congress fails to agree on specifically where to cut $85 billion, we're looking at automatic across-the-board cuts. house republicans made it clear they're ready to let the sequester happen. joining me now for more on this is democratic congressman curt schrader. thanks so much for joining us. what's going to happen? that's what we're all wondering? feels like we're cruising toward this deadline. what is going to happen? >> well, i'm worried, melissa, to be very honest with you. you're right if we don't get our act together do something on tax reform and the social safety net americans count on. we'll have across-the-board cuts. why do it with congress. we could have a bunch of chimpanzees to do this. melissa: don't tempt me. you sort of stopped me dead in my trackses with that one. is something going behind the scenes that we don't know about? doesn't seem like we're not getting closer. at the debt ceiling w
of this committee routinely voted to raise the debt ceiling during those years even though the money for the tax cuts and the wars was put on emergency basis for the purpose of hiding the costs. so i'm pleased that we're coming around to a more reasonable position today, and i hope that we're going to find a common path forward on many of these issues. mr. johnson, you state in your testimony that low unemployment depresses tax revenue, and this is the mayor reason for -- major reason for our current deficits and why they're so large. once the economy recovers fully and the unemployment rate is lowered, it certainly will take some of the pressure off of these discussions. acknowledging there are long-term challenges we have to address. i've opinion making this point inside of my own -- i've been making this point inside of my own caucus not to overreact to the situation we find ourselves, and if we could find that point forward that i referenced, we'd find you could have a conversation that would be worthwhile past the political talking points. now, getting americas back to work should be the nu
hill. the senate will decide whether to put off the debate over the debt ceiling until spring. it will vote on a bill to allow government to keep borrowing money without congress' permission until the middle of may. the house already passed the legislation. president obama said he will sign it if the senate fails -- rather, if it fails in the senate. the treasury warns the government may not be able to pay its bills in a matter of weeks. >>> 4:34. chuck hagel will tell a senate committee why he should be the next defense secretary. the senate armed services committee will hold hagel's confirmation hearing. the former republican senator and vietnam veteran will likely face tough questions, especially about his stance on israel and iran. he prepared by meeting privately with more than 50 senators and leaders of public interest groups. >>> right now, vice president biden is preparing for his first trip overseas for the obama administration's second term. he leaves today for europe. the white house says he'll visit germany, france, and the u.k. the vice president's first stop will
lanier. >> today the senate passed a bill that extends the debt ceiling, allowing the surgery department to borrow more money. it also requires congress to pass a budget and will withhold numbers pay intel they do so. harry reid says that he seeks to pass the bill in the senate. here's part of the debate of the bill. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. camp: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of h.r. 325, the no budget, no pay act of 2013. this legislation directs members of the house and senate to adopt a budget resolution by april 15, 2013. if either body does not -- the speaker pro tempore: this house is not in order. please remove all conversations. the gentleman is recognized. mr. camp: thank you, mr. speaker. either body does not adopt a budget resolution by april 15, 2013, members ofhat body will have their pay withheld until they pass a budget. it's simple. no budget, no pay. the american people understand that they don't get paid if they don't do their job, and neither should member
on some loan as early as next month if the debt ceiling isn't lifted. the white house supports the measure. opponents say it just prolong uncertainty about the economy's health. >>> and the senate may decide today on a deal to curb the number of filibusters. aides say lawmakers are kploes to a compromise to limit the delays which minority partying use to kill legislation. democrats complain that republicans overuse filibusters to block their legislation. republicans say the tactic is the only leverage they have to get roll call votes on amendments that would otherwise be shots down by democrats. >>> 4:08 the time. 23 degrees. coming up on "news4 today," how vice president joe biden is using the web site google today to make a push for tighter gun control. >>> the legal trouble mounting for lance armstrong since he confessed to using performance enhancing drugs. >>> we're tracking winter weather this morning. we'll have snow across the region. tom kierein is back with your weather and traffic. >>> somebody forgot to shut off the water. check out this fountain in bryant park in new york city
allen was cleared of wrongdoing. the battle over the debt ceiling has been put off to another day because on this day the republican-controlled house voted 285-114 to allow the government to keep borrowing the money it needs to pay its bills through mid-may. the senate and the white house are expected to go along avoiding the threat of default that would rattle financial markets. in a survey of investors by bloomberg, 36% said america's fiscal woes are the biggest threat to the world economy, more than the 29% who named the european debt crisis. anthony mason is attending a meeting of world bankers in davos, switzerland. >> reporter: how strong do you think the u.s. economy actually is right now? >> i think the u.s. economy wants to be strong. >> reporter: but mary callahan erdoes says the bickering in washington is holding it back. erdos is one of the most powerful women on wall street. as c.e.o. of j.p. morgan asset management, she presides over $1.2 trillion in investments. >> the u.s. has to realize it's got so much going for it. let's just get ourselves to come together as a
passing a debt ceiling bill that takes the proverbial cain than the proverbial rug. the political panel weighs in next. ♪ >> from our fox business studios in new york, here again is gerri willis. gerri: i hate to say it, the debt limit, we're talking about that. the debt limit is on its way to getting punted until the spring, the house approving a four month debt ceiling extension. senate majority leader harry reid saying the senate will pass the house bill quickly. with more, a columnist for the national review and columnist for the new york post. i have my dreams team here to talk about this. i want to start with you because you're sitting right across from me. they are just taking the stand down the road. i mean, look, at the end of the day we are talking about waiting until may. >> i think we will be talking about this for most of the year because obviously there is a huge gulf between the president and the house. the house would like to not raise the debt ceiling at all. as they're preference, at least the majority of them. but they can't do that because they can't get the spendi
safer, stronger and more secure. >> also out of d.c., a potential crisis over the debt ceiling. looks like it will be averted, at least until the spring. the republican-controlled house passed a bill allowing the government to avoid default and continue borrowing money and paying its bills until may. it also requires lawmakers in both chambers to pass a budget if they actually want to keep getting paid their salary. with the senate set to sign on house speaker john boehner credited the bill for forcing the democrats' hand. >> after four years i'm glad the senate has finally decided to act. because there is no indication that we're going to do a budget until we announced last week that we were going to move this bill that said pass a budget or no pay. >> paul ryan wears that orange tie a lot. boehner wears that green tie quite a bit. the democrat-controlled senate has not produced a detailed budget in 1,366 days. yesterday democratic leaders said the measure is actually a victory for the president. >> i'm not sure what happened at the house republican retreat last week, but it sure had
the debt ceiling until may. law americas won't get paid if they fail to pass a budget. >> american families have to do a budget. they understand you can't continue to spend money you don't have. we are committed to doing a budget on the house side that will balance over the neck ten years as time for the senate and president to show the american people how they are willing to balance a budget ore the next ten years. >> the democratic controlled senate is expect to do approve the debt bill. it has not pass add budget in four years. >> phil mickelson wasn't talking about his guolf game. he was teeing off over another apology about his tax comments. >> i have made some dumb, dumb mistakes and obviously talking about this stuff is one of them. my apology is for talking about it publicly. i shouldn't take advantage of the forum that i have as a professional golfer to try to ignite change. >> mickelson hinted earlier this week he may leave california or the united states because of how much he's paying in taxes. california has a new tax rate of 13.3 percent. that is your 5@5:00. >> tiger woods mo
to annihilate the gop. and will the senate pass a suspended debt ceiling bill as the house did today so there will be no default and no budget crackup. that's all coming up a little later on this hour. ♪ [ male announcer ] don't just reject convention. drown it out. introducing the all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. an entirely new pursuit. >>> outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton was grilled on capitol hill by senate and house panels. the topic was benghazi attacks. if you missed it, this was definitely the most intense moment of the day, senator ron johnson of wisconsin asking mrs. clinton why the attack was not immediately called an act of terror. >> we're misled that there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that. that was easily ascertained that was not the fact and the american people could have known that within days. >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or because of guys out for walk one night and decided to kill americans. what difference does it make? it was our job to
. >>> the house has passed a bill that would prevent the united states from hitting the debt ceiling. at least right away. it's dubbed the no budget no pay act. it was proposed by republicans and it lets the treasury department borrow money until mid may as long as congress passes a budget. the measure states their pay will be with held. constitution doesn't allow the no pay thing to really happen, any way, that's why the act passed. 33 republicans, 11 democrats voted against it. one who did, congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz and she tells us it wasn't a clean increase. she's right about that. >>> in the last 48 hours or so, u.s. cargo planes, transporting about 80 troops and 24 tons of supplies. a spokesman for the u.s. africa command tells us the air lifts began monday are going to go on for several more days. our country's -- and whether we should have a role is becoming more of a concern. i couldn't help but notice this on yahoo! today, asking you, should the united states intervene in mali? a majority of people say no. >>> the faa still hasn't determined what's causing electrical pro
that in eight years. the props for the market show that hopes for a debt ceiling will happen. germany and china are looking pretty good. you mention the corporate earnings. 68% of the companies are beating expectations. the questions you raise are very relevant. questions about whether the etf money is still coming into the market. durable goods and home sales and on wednesday we get the gdp figures which could keep the rally. >> we always keep tabs on the auto industry. pretty big news overnight from toyota? >> yes. they're number one globally between 2008 and 2010 in terms of vehicles sold. they got that crown back again this year in 2012 with 9.75 million vehicles sold. what's amazing about their retaking the number one position is they did it without china. they saw a 4.9% drop in china because of a territorial dispute between china and japan. they are looking for above average growth in 2013. very impressive status. >> steve, thank you very much. steve sedgwick, live in london. let us know why you're awake. give us an e-mail or tweet us@bshacklin. we'll read the best responses. still on "w
a catastrophe. it could happen when they even threatened not to raise the debt ceiling around our credit was downgraded and the markets really tumbled. you don't want to i can take the chance. no way the republicans would take that chance. melissa: maybe you don't. a nit is very risk-averse person? >> in poker a 19 is someone that folds every hand. they wait for the perfect chance to get money in. problem is nits never win tournaments. they have to actually risk something in order to see that value. melissa: who is the nit in this? >> everyone. they're all nits. everyone involved is a nit. the reason i say that. they're waiting until the very end to come up with a deal rather than propose someing long time ago, look six months ahead. we can do something good for the country if we act right now to avoid the crisis instead of have a patchwork deal at the last minute. seems like these guys are trading -- trying to make themselves look as good as they can the best interests of the country is not in their minds. melissa: i think you know is the biggest well cher is, someone who wouldn't race
and freddie have been huge money losers for the government. melissa: talk to me about the debt ceiling debate. i feel like he haven't even really a part of that. >> he get as d there and i'll tell you why. the treasury's responsibility really is to have a contingency plan. this is a guy who steered the economy through all of these financial crisis. you know, you ought to have some kind of plan in place for dealing with the moment when we might hit the debt crisis. an inspector general looked at this last year and discovered that the treasury never put in place a contingency plan for, you know, what would happen if congress never got around to raising the debt ceiling. melissa: yeah. >> for lack of planning, they get a low-grade on that one. melissa: you give them a d. >> yeah. melissa: what do you think he will do next? if it were me after six-month vacation in the bahamas then i would start thinking what i want to do. >> i think he might need more than six months in the bahamas. melissa: it has been a tough run. >> it is interesting. he did an interview with "politico" today and ruled out ta
would have surpassed its $16.4 trillion debt ceiling next month. just avoided that. more to come this hour including the latest on china hacking into our computers, and more than $7.5 trillion. that's how much money was pumped into this economy in five years. where did it go? did it do any good? i'll break it down, next. ♪ not their short-term agenda. [ male announcer ]oin the nearly 7 million investors who think like you do. face time and think time make a difference. at edward jones, it's how we make sense of investing. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pain quickly. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®. ♪ >> you know, sometimes it's the numbers that tell the story, and, tonight, there is one number, just one number that tells you everything you need to know about what's wrong with washington's play book. that number? 7.66 trillion, as in dollars, as in taxpayer dollars. now, that's a total of all the s
, the house passed a debt ceiling bill by a vote of 285 to 144 to let the government keep borrowing money. the bill withholds the pay of any law maker in the senate or the house if they don't vote by april 15th. the vote clears the way until the next budget battle in march. >>> it is still unclear whether a student at the university of virginia will be charged for a hoax. the campus was put on lock down around 9:00 last night when a student called to report a man with a gun. police saefrped the campus building by building. the student who made the call confessed he made the story up while being interviewed by officers. the lock down was lifted about two hours later. >> now to a fox 5 follow up on a deadly house fire in falls church virginia we told you about yesterday morning. the home on manner road went up in flames at 3:30 wednesday morning. fire investigators and gas employees were on the scene most of the day. they still don't know what sparked the fire. neighbors say the two people killed were a mother and daughter. and they say they were both hearing impaired. >> it is 8:11 now. it
their crowning achievement pushing through a debt ceiling suspension until may by a vote of 285-144 yesterday. i guess a hard day's work deserves a week and a half of recess. >> amen. >> meantime, the senate is in session today and harry reid and mitch mcconnell apparently agreed on a filibuster reform deal. a senator can no longer filibuster the so-called motion to proceed and killed a chance for up or down vote on legislation and be easier to appoint members to negotiate with the house once a bill is passed and until now even after a fill buster is beaten, there is still a 30-hour wait before a nominee confirmed. this time would now be cut to just two hours. the leaders also agreed any senator wishing to filibuster must come to the senate floor to do so. now, the steps might seem to represent progress but not nearly what many progressives wishing for. the headline in "the huffington post" says it all calling it failibuster. >> whoa. >> 60-vote senate is still intact. today is ira shap ro and also author of "the last great senate." and he joins us now. ira, i want to get to the filibuster deal
will extend the debt ceiling for three months to allow time for the united states senate to write a budget so we can then begin the discussions on how we're going to repay this money that we're going to borrow as well as begin to manage down the debt long term. >> what's the realistic vision in terms of a budget? i mean, this senate will have its budget plan, the house will have its bucket? should the people believe at some point soon we should get a budget for the country. >> i hope that we can. in the house we're committed to producing a budget that will balance in ten years, and this will be a significant shift from the kind of budget that we have produced before. we're dealing with a new baseline after the cliff deal, and i think there's a growing urgency amongst the people in the country to say, you know what? it's time for washington to start living within its means and high time for the federal government to get control of the unfund liabilities in the entitlement programs the way so many private sector industries have done. >> let me say on this ten-year idea for a moment. you've got
for four more months. the house passed a bill that extends the debt ceiling through may 18th. the legislation also requires both the house and the san jose to approve budgets by april 15th or face the loss of their paychecks. >>> the government of zimbabwe says it has own $217 left in the national treasury. this is after paying public workers last week. the government says it will ask the international community for financial assistance. opposition parties accuse the government of misusing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from the country's diamond sales. >>> new this morning, syria and iran are threatening to retaliate against israel for a rare israeli air strike inside syria. u.s. officials say israel is targeting a weapons convoy when it launched the air strike. the convey was believed to be the anti-weapons headed to hezbollah militants. the concern, that would allow the militant to shoot down israeli airplanes. syria said the israeli air strikes hit a military research facility. >>> "the new york times" now revealing for the last four months its computer system
of the government over the debt ceiling is off the table for now. the international monetary fund expects good economic growth worldwide. u.s. agriculture is doing very well. plus, yet another critical mega trend. >> the housing sector has been doing well with people moving out and establishing their own households. >> reporter: more and more investors are moving out of lower-paying but more secure investments. >> you had a mad race out of equities in 2007, 2008, 2009, and now here at the end of 2012, 2013, you're seeing a great rotation back into equities, because there's a better rate of return. >> reporter: but more convincing lays ahead. >> i still say that the economy is still pretty dismal. >> reporter: also, in after- hours trading, netflix was up over 30%, after a suspected loss actually turned out to be a profit. reporting live, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> on wall street today, strong earnings from google. >>> the house of representatives today passed a measure that temporarily averts a crisis over the nation's debt limit. on a bipartisan vote, the measure allows the government to borrow
a bill that would prevent the united states from hitting the debt ceiling. at least right away. it's dubbed the no budget no pay act. it was proposed by republicans and it lets the treasury department borrow money until mid-may, as long as congress passes a budget by april 15th. if lawmakers don't come up with a blueprint for the budget, the measure states their pay will be withheld. constitution doesn't allow the no pay thing to really happen, so that is a pr stunt. any way, that's why the act passed. 33 republicans, 111 democrats voted against it. one dem who did, congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz and she tells us the bill wasn't a clean debt ceiling increase and only prolongs economic uncertainty. it only extents it for a few months so she's right about that. >>> in the last 48 hours or so, u.s. cargo planes made at least five trips into mali transporting about 80 french troops and more than 124 tons of supplies. a spokesman for the u.s./africa command tells us the airlifts began monday, are going to go on for several more days. i couldn't help but notice this on the front
warned the country could default on some loans as early as next month if the debt ceiling isn't lifted. >>> 6:48 now. a local company reporting major losses. they say the reason is defense cuts. cnbc has more live. kayla, good morning. >>> good morning, aaron. general dynamics, one of the nation's biggest federal contractors, reported a huge quarterly loss on wednesday, blaming it largely on defense cuts. the company which is based in falls church, virginia, posted a $2 billion fourth quarter loss on lower than expected sales as shrinking government orders and writedowns hammered the maker of weapon and aircraft. stock dropped as much as 5% in trading before recovering to close up about 1%. analyst attribute that to reassuring comments from the company ceo. >>> the washington's dependence on government and defense contracts makes it vulnerable to the spending cuts put in place by president obama and congress between 2000 and 2010. government procurement spending grew by double digits. last year it fell by more than 5%. back to you. >> thank you. >>> redskins players are being warn good
'm waiting for the spring. >> what's happening in this spring? >> the sequester, next debt ceiling debate, a number of items that might send the market 10% lower. >> that's true but i have too much money to think about policy and not enough thinking about the fundamentals. >> 90% of hedge funds conform the market. the stock market was up 7% and the hedge funds averaging 8% or show. lot of that average performance came from worrying about these speed bumps. >> you can argue they were hedged. >> that might be. >> if you and andrew have never seen a period 800 on the dow, then 1200, then 3200, then 4200, then 6200, that was unbelievable to watch for 20 years. if you've never seen that, you have no input or experience on how that feels or work out, right? that would be a whole new dynamic -- >> i wasn't alive. >> i know. when that gets gone -- >> there's not enough research to support that point, the way people experience things in 20s and 30s it's with them their whole lives. joe and i think the bull market is normal and you guys think they're abnormal. >> if you haven't been through that --
republicans. >>brian: it is unbelievable. they cut a deal to stop release three months the debt ceiling being the problem. right now you have the fed printing money at a dizzying rate. here's what you should keep in mind. the stock market is out of its mind, going through the roof. and the president of the united states's approval rating is through the roof. it's at 60%. >>gretchen: so how do you put this all together? i think a lot of people still scratching their heads over the election when you look at these economic numbers. so how do you -- how do you piece it together in your mind that the economy can be doing so poorly and yet the president is more popular than ever. fun know the answer, e-mail us or tweet us. >>steve: there's so many low-information viewers and votes out there. >>brian: that's their choice. >>steve: absolutely. when the payroll tax hit at the first of this year, they are going to go where did that money go? it was a shock to them. senator john thune yesterday tweeted after jay carney blamed the house democrats. -- house republicans. he says white house secretary blame
get rid of the debt ceiling? it's a real brawl. >> just deep six that sucker like no other country deals with this it ottic device. hey, i'm going to borrow some money, but i'll think twice over whether i'm going to pay the bill when it comes. >> what if it was the founding father himself who said i think we ought to have a debt ceiling so as to avoid fiscal recklessness? >> well, in fact, the debt ceiling, the reason we have one is because up until 100 years ago, we voted on every bond issue individually. so you think it's bad now, just imagine if we had had that situation. but looking forward, though, this is very much yesterday's story. it was interesting that the reason the dow took this latest jump upwards was because the house a couple of weeks ago signaled they weren't going to have a fight over the debt ceiling. now, people need to focus on the fact that the next big tripwire is the sequester. i think markets got a little bit complacent the one second. >> we want to talk about the federal reserve, as well. let's recap what the fed did. they kept their $85 billion bond buyin
to come out then about mid may is the extension of the debt ceiling. but come back to your answer here, is that the motivation for harry reid not to produce a budget, he doesn't want to offend people? >> they d want to produce a budget because it makes you make choices. coming out of the 2010 election he was afraid and they were afraid of loosing their majority. they ae avoided every tough issue. we hardly did anything in the senate. when you have to budget you have to make decisions you can't speak in platte taoudz. that's why they've avoided doing a budget. think their time is up. they said they are going to produce a budget this year. that's important. look what we did this paul ryan's budget and how they beat it up. that's why they didn't want to produce one of their own. bill: it's my assumption that the senate produces a budget in april and it goes to the house and they say we are not moving on that. >> the normal process begins of negotiates where the two sides have to reconcile their differences in what they call a conference. this is the way this place is supposed to work not
, become me. method acting. so let's talk about the debt ceiling. >> no, because that's why i'm here. >> how do you adjust, professionally, how do you adjust to doing broadway movies and tv. are there differences in the type of acting that you try to do? >> you know, for me, it's always about the material. that's what attracts me. if it's on the written page and makes sense and i can relate to it, i want to do it. and, you know, and i think acting is acting. it's always about being truthful. so on the stage, it requires a different kind of energy and you're playing to a big house. in film, the camera can be right there. so it also gives you the option to really be more internal. but it's -- i really believe it all comes from the same place, which is, do you believe what i'm saying? >> i'm going to ask you another question, because, "argo," critically a success. award winning, obviously, for the golden globes. snubbed a bit by the academy. is there anything you want to get off your chest? >> you know, here's the deal, it was disappointing and kind of surprising, but really, the movie
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